Events in UCIS

Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8

8:00 am Conference
Georgia Consortium: Exploring the Complexities of Vietnam
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Register here.

Friday, October 1

2:00 pm Workshop
Compiling and Presenting Cases
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Bioethics and Health Law and Center for Global Health
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The Global Studies Center, Center for Global Health and the Center for BioEthics and Health Law will host Pitt’s 2nd annual Global Health Case Competition. Graduate and undergraduate students team up to address a global health scenario and present to a panel of experts. We will have three presentations from guest speakers for this session: Helena Vonville on Resources for Case Study, Elizabeth Van Nostrand on How to Prepare a Winning Case, and Students Eva Brady, Emily Crisan, Sophie Tayade, Haley Marra, Naomi Gurewitsch on Lessons Learned from the 2020 Emory Case Competition.

3:15 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
The Absence of Gender Awareness in Latin America and Sex Trafficking
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join the Panoramas team for their first roundtable of the semester. At this roundtable, Panoramas intern Luke Morales will discuss his article about how the absence of gender awareness in Latin America has exacerbated the sex trade and other forms of human trafficking. To read his article and learn more, visit Panoramas.pitt.edu.

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
Addverse+Poesia Meeting
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Addverse+Poesia is a transnational and multilingual student organization dedicated to celebrating Black/Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ writers, poets, etc. Join us for your weekly meetings on Fridays from 4:30-6PM!

9:00 pm Conference
Global Horror Studies Conference
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Office of the Provost, Horror Studies Working Group, University Library System and George A. Romero Foundation
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The University of Pittsburgh and the Horror Studies Working Group invite you to join us for a two day conference exploring ways to connect J-Horror to Asia. This gathering continues the conversations started at SCMS 2021 and Kyoto July 2021 about Global Horror Studies.

Saturday, October 2

7:00 pm Festival
Latin American & Caribbean Festival
Location:
William Pitt Union--Lower Lounge and Outside
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and International Week
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The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh has celebrated Latin American and Caribbean cultures with a full-day festival on our Oakland campus since 1979. The Festival will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 7:00-10:00 P.M. in the William Pitt Union at the University of Pittsburgh.

The event features performances, food, arts, crafts, and information tables from Latin America and the Caribbean. Admission is free!

In order to abide by Pitt guidelines and good practice, we will hold a discrete celebration open only to students, faculty, and staff. However, we are hopeful that by Fall 2022 we can return to the wide-open community celebration we have grown accustomed to. Thank you once again for your support and patience as we sort through the challenges this pandemic imposes upon all of us.

For more information, email clasfestival@pitt.edu.

Sunday, October 3

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
Korean Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Come brush up on your Korean skills in a casual, out of the classroom environment!

Monday, October 4

12:00 pm Award Ceremony
2021 Sheth International Achievement Awards
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and International Week
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Each year the University of Pittsburgh recognizes faculty members and young alumni for their contributions around the world. Please join us on Monday, October 4th from 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST as we celebrate the winners of the 2021 Sheth International Achievement Awards.

Dr. Audrey J. Murrell, a respected professor in the School of Business who conducts research on mentoring, careers in organizations, workplace/supplier diversity and social issues in management, will be honored with the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement.

Dr. Ihsan Ayyub Qazi, an associate professor of computer science at LUMS, Pakistan, and an alumnus of Pitt (SCI '10) will be honored with the Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award.

For more information and to register for this event, please visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/sheth-international-achievement-awards.

4:30 pm Lecture
Makers on the Margins? Artisans and Status in Premodern Japan
Location:
207 David Lawrence Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Artisanal production is touted today as part of Japan’s immutable traditional culture, characterized as a rapidly disappearing form of manual labor and long-held customs that are in sharp contrast to the white collar work in office buildings or government organizations so prevalent today. Similarly, the lives of commoners in premodern Japan are often imagined as being removed from the aesthetics, poetics, and cultural heights of the aristocracy. But were these divisions of social group and status so rigidly defined? In this talk, I will explore the multivalent identities of artisans in medieval Japan (c. 12th to 16th cen). With a special focus on the representations and evidence of metal caster organizations, I address how different types of sources (poetic, visual, and material) help us to problematize historical perceptions of these skilled commoners while providing insights into the lived experiences of some of premodern Japan’s least visible figures.

Paula R. Curtis (Links to an external site.) is a historian of medieval Japan. She is presently a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in History with the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. Her current book project focuses on metal caster organizations from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries and their relationships with elite institutions. She also works on the history of documentary forgery in premodern Japan. In addition, Dr. Curtis collaborates in several online projects, including the Digital Humanities Japan (Links to an external site.) initiative, online databases for digital resources (Links to an external site.), employment opportunities (Links to an external site.) related to East Asia, and the blog What can I do with a B.A. in Japanese Studies (Links to an external site.). To register, click here

5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese conversation hour at all levels!

6:00 pm Lecture/Panel Discussion
What’s in a Name?: Legal Names and the LGBTQIA+ Experience with Rosalynne Montoya
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (Room 125)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies, Global Studies Center, Global Hub and International Week along with Division of Student Affairs, Office of Residence Life, Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month, Rainbow Alliance, AQUARIUS and Latinx Student Association
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The “What’s in a Name?” series aims to open a doorway to explore issues that affect us every day, and that, ultimately, reverberate through the most intimate aspects of who we are. While we will explore basic tools and name etiquette, with the kindness and respect we all deserve, we intend to reflect about what our names say about us, and how they may be used to define who we are.

Join us for a discussion on Legal Names and the LGBTQIA+ Experience with featured speaker Rosalynne Montoya, followed by a panel discussion with Rosalynne and other experts on the legal process and public policy surrounding changing one’s name.

Featured Speaker: Rosalynne Montoya (she/they)

Rosalynne Montoya, usually referred to as Rose, is a Hispanic, bisexual, nonbinary transgender woman. Rose’s pronouns are she/her/hers and they/them/theirs. She works as a model, actor, public speaker, makeup artist, advocate, and content creator. Rose is also a board member of Aadya Rising, a nonprofit working to fill in the gaps to help the transgender community. She has been in campaigns and featured by TomboyX, Savage X Fenty, Yandy, FX Networks, New York City Pride, Planned Parenthood, and more. Their goal is to spread love and education about their community as they share their story.

Panelists:
Stefan Dann, Counsel at McGuireWoods LLP
Drew Medvid, Regional Organizing Lead at Human Rights Campaign

Facilitator:
anupama jain, Founder and Principal Consultant at Inclusant

This event is sponsored by the Global Hub, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Global Studies Center, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Residence Life, Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month, Rainbow Alliance, AQUARIUS, and the Latinx Student Association.

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join members of the French Club to and have casual conversation in French! All levels welcome.

Tuesday, October 5

11:00 am Panel Discussion
The Nitty-Gritty of Applying for a Job in the EU/Europe: From Writing a Resume to a Successful Interview
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
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This panel is designed for students and alumni to apply successfully for a job in the EU/Europe.
European Human Resources experts and coaches will advise students on how to apply for an internship/job in a European company, in Europe and in the US, and how to be successful when working in EU/US relations.

PANELISTS:
Annabel Edo
Managing Director US
Ackermann International

Renata Urban
Intercultural Coach, Language and Communication Skills Trainer
URBAN Training and Services, Inc.

Stefano Vetralla
Managing Partner
AIMS International USA

MODERATOR:
Nelly Leon
Career Specialist

Presented & Hosted by The Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, FIU & MEET EU
Co-sponsored by:
The Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs • European & Eurasian Studies Program • Career and Talent Development • the Center for European Studies at UNC-CH • the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh • Jean Monnet in the USA #JMintheUS • The French-American Chamber of Commerce Florida, the German American Business Chamber of Commerce, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast, The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce .
MEET EU is funded by a generous Getting to Know Europe (GTKE) grant from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs - Florida International University

This is a part of International Week.

11:00 am Cultural Event
International Food Trucks
Location:
WPU Plaza
Sponsored by:
Office of International Services, Global Experiences Office and International Week along with Department of Languages and Classics
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Recipes and cuisine are one of the many things that migrant people can take with them and can serve as a reminder of that which has been left. Cultures from all over the world are represented by several of the most popular food trucks in the city.

2:00 pm Lecture
Digital Japanese Studies
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Now more than ever students and faculty are asked to be proficient in the latest digital tools and technologies while considering how these materials may be useful to their teaching and research. In this talk, Dr. Curtis will survey the current state of the field in Digital Japanese Studies, including recent projects, perennial changes, and sites of community building. Dr. Curtis will discus her own beginnings in digital humanities exploration as a premodern historian and digital skeptic to highlight how students and mentors alike can think through the benefits and drawbacks of employing digital methods in their work.

4:00 pm Cultural Event
International Speed Friending
Location:
William Pitt Union Kurtzman Room
Sponsored by:
Global Experiences Office and International Week along with English Language Institute
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Join us for International Speed Friending! Whether you’re an international student at Pitt looking to make American friends in Pittsburgh or a native speaker of English interested in meeting people from different cultures, this FREE event hosted by the English Language Institute is perfect for you! 

If you’ve ever heard of “Speed Dating,” this is similar. The only difference is that the objective here is to make friends. Check in and mingling will take place from 4:00 to 4:15 followed by structured time for short one-on-one conversations from 4:15 to 5:15. Refreshments will be served. Advance registration is required.

You might also be interested in our Virtual Speed Friending event on Oct. 7! Sign up for one or sign up for both and celebrate International Week at Pitt with the start of new cross-cultural friendships!

For more information about the Speed Friending events, contact the English Language Institute or visit the International Week website.

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
Chinese Language & Culture Club
Location:
Global Hub - Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Join the Chinese Language & Culture Club for their biweekly meetings where we will build our Chinese language skills and participate in fun cultural activities!

Wednesday, October 6

12:00 pm Information Session
Cross-Cultural Communication
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Office of International Services and International Week
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Join us to learn how to better communicate with people across cultures. To register, click here!

3:00 pm Cultural Event
CANCELED: Turkish Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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In this meeting of the Turkish Club, we will talk about how to order and make Turkish coffee. Focus: Coffee Culture

4:00 pm Cultural Event
CANCELLED: Laber Rhabarber: German Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Join the German Department for Laber Rhabarber, a weekly German conversation hour that is open to all!

6:00 pm Exhibit
Celebrate Art with CEOLI
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
International Business Center and International Week along with College of Business Administration International Programs Office
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Join us in admiring amazing artwork created by Bolivian artists in this virtual art show. Through this experience you will be able to participate in a virtual gallery walk through as well as an optional scavenger hunt through the gallery with prizes at stake. Attendance of the event directly supports CEOLI, a non-profit center for disabled youth located in Cochabamba, Bolivia that Pitt Business has held a longstanding relationship with for many years. The art featured in this event traditionally comes in the form of greeting cards for sale to support the organization, which will be featured and sold during the event. We look forward to Pitt Business student’s attendance of the event in support of the artists' beautiful work and the organization’s efforts.

To learn more about the event check out the @pbtotheworld Instagram and look out for announcements for sign ups. Visit @ceolicards on Instagram to check out cards for sale now, see the organization’s efforts first hand and get live updates on event details.

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Stammtisch
Location:
Global Hub - Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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A weekly conversation table for people interested in German culture and language, all proficiency levels are welcome!

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Mesas de Conversación
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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Please join the Spanish Club for a Spanish conversation hour. All levels are welcome!

7:30 pm Film
Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness
Location:
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Department of Film Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

In the film, "Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness," Maryam must convince her dead husband’s daughter to forgive her for his murder—but only on live reality TV.

AWARDS: GRAND JURY PRIZE World Cinema Dramatic Competition - 2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, BEST SCREENPLAY--2020 SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

For more information about the film festival click here

To register click here

Thursday, October 7

10:00 am Cultural Event
CANCELLED: Coffee & Culture
Location:
University of Pittsburgh Greensburg Campus, Millstein Library outdoor patio
Sponsored by:
International Week along with University of Pittsburgh Greensburg Campus
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As part of the Greensburg campus Blue & Gold Celebration and the University of Pittsburgh International Week, students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to sample coffee from different coffee cultures around the world. In conjunction with the Library, different works of literature will be featured. Breakfast pastries will be available. Students who attend are eligible to be entered into a raffle for a pair of Beats earphones! Stop and grab a cup of coffee to go or stay and relax on the patio!

This event counts as Village Credit for Pitt Greensburg students.

11:30 am Lecture
How Europe (Mis)Understands Black America
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and International Week
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Europe's views on Black America are informed by a range of contradictory tendencies: amnesia about its own colonial past, ambivalence about its racial present, a tradition of anti-racism and international solidarity and an often fraught geo-political relationship with the United States itself. Europe both resents and covets American power, and is in little position to do anything about it. So African Americans represent to many a redemptive force– living proof that that US is both not all that it claims to be and could be so much greater than it is. This sense of superiority is made possible, in no small part, by a woefully, wilfully incomplete and toxically nostalgic understanding of Europoe's own history which has left significant room for denial, distortion, ignorance and sophistry. The result, in the post-war era, has been moments of solidarity often impaired by exocitisation or infantilisation in which Europe has found it easier to export anti-racism across the Atlantic than to practice it at home or export it across the Channel, the Mediterranean and beyond.

Gary Younge, author, broadcaster, and editor-at-large for The Guardian based in London, England will be delivering as talk on How Europe (Mis)Understands Black America as the 2021-22 Jean Monnet Center Distinguished Lecture. Gary Younge is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester.

JMEUCE Distinguished Lecture Series.

This event is a part of International Week.

#JMintheUS

11:40 am Award Ceremony
FSDP Global Competence Certificate Celebration Ceremony
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and International Week
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On Thursday, October 7 the University Center for International Studies will hold the second annual Global Competence Certificate Celebration Ceremony. This event will recognize faculty and staff who have completed all the requirements for the Global Competence Certificate, part of the Faculty and Staff Development Program offered by Human Resources. This is an on-campus event. Refreshments will be provided. Invitations with location details will be sent to this year’s graduates. Please contact Ian McLaughlin at globalsupport@pitt.edu for any questions.

The Global Competence Certificate program is an initiative started by the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) that is part of the Human Resources FSDP (Faculty Staff Development Program) here at Pitt. This series of workshops prepares faculty and staff in increasing their international scope as well as their on-the-job experience with a diverse group of colleagues, students, and collaborators. The certificate program is now entering its third year and we will have two cohorts of participants who have completed the program.

12:00 pm Lecture
The Cold War from the Margins
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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The Cold War is often narrowly viewed as a binary struggle: The US versus the USSR. But what did the Cold War look like from the perspective of a small socialist state—Bulgaria—and its cultural engagements with the Balkans, the West, and the Third World? In the 1970s, Bulgaria's communist leadership invested heavily in cultural diplomacy to bolster its legitimacy at home and promote its agendas abroad. The Cold War bloc mentality was thus transcended: Bulgaria's relations with Greece and Austria warmed, émigrés once considered enemies were embraced, and new cultural ties were forged with India, Mexico, and Nigeria. This live interview with Theodora Dragostinova will discuss at the Cold War from the margins and how it shaped the global 1970s.

Register via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gSHD0VGsRc-IsBWIOVquMQ

2:00 pm Lecture
The Cold War from the Margins
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, the Institute of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, the Russian East European & Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University, the Center for Russian East European & Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan, the Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University, the Center for Russia East Europe and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at The University of Chicago and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University
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Presenting Bulgaria’s cultural engagements with multiple actors in the Third World, this talk by Dr. Theodora Dragostinova (Ohio State University) highlights the global reach of state socialism, demonstrates the existence of vibrant partnerships along an East-South axis during the 1970s, and challenges notions of late socialism as the prelude to communist collapse in eastern Europe.

Zoom registration: https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tXaeNufPSGKoJM2a3-WIXQ

This event is part of the Area Studies Lecture Series presented by the 2018-2021 U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies grant recipients for Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

4:00 pm Cultural Event
Virtual International Speed Friending
Sponsored by:
Global Experiences Office and International Week along with English Language Institute, University of Pittsburgh Greensburg Campus and University of Pittsburgh Bradford Campus
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Whether you’re an international student at Pitt looking to make American friends or a native speaker of English interested in meeting people from different cultures, this FREE virtual event hosted by the English Language Institute on the Pittsburgh campus in collaboration with Pitt Bradford and Pitt Greensburg is perfect for you! 

If you’ve ever heard of “Speed Dating,” this is similar. The only difference is that the objective here is to make friends. We’ll be using an online gaming-like platform called “Gatheround” in which participants will be put into breakout rooms to play a card game of questions for eight minutes to get to know each other. After eight minutes, a timer will go off and the participants will be assigned to another breakout room to talk with someone else. At the end of the event, participants anonymously decide if they’d like to exchange contact information. Advance registration is required.

Celebrate International Week at Pitt with the start of new cross-cultural friendships! For more information about this event, contact the English Language Institute or visit the International Week website.

6:00 pm Film
CLAS Film Series: Stateless
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Runtime: 1h 36min
Filmmaker/Director:Michèle Stephenson
Dominican Republic, 2020 | Documentary

In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army, based on anti-black hatred fomented by the Dominican government. Fast-forward to 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, retroactive to 1929. The ruling rendered more than 200,000 people stateless, without nationality, identity or a homeland. In this dangerous climate, a young attorney named Rosa Iris mounts a grassroots campaign, challenging electoral corruption and advocating for social justice. Director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary Stateless traces the complex tributaries of history and present-day politics, as state-sanctioned racism seeps into mundane offices, living room meetings, and street protests. At a time when extremist ideologies are gaining momentum in the U.S. and around the world, STATELESS is a warning of what can happen in a society when racism runs rampant in the government.

6:30 pm Film
Back to the Wharf
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Department of Film Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

Synopsis for "Back to the Wharf": Fifteen years ago, Song fled his hometown to avoid a murder rap. After he returns home, he becomes mired in a world of greed and corruption through his ex-best friend—and only witness to the old murder.

For more information about the film festival click here

To register, click here

7:00 pm Cultural Event
Global Trivia with SAYAC
Location:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnCU-aaX3rxFvlxLXy6J11TmM581Q9LuZmSeYo22TpzPU9_Q/viewform?usp=sf_link
Sponsored by:
Global Experiences Office and International Week along with Study Abroad Young Alumni Council
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Join the Study Abroad Young Alumni Council (SAYAC) to test your global knowledge! Register here.

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
Persian Language Table
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Join the Persian Language Table every other Thursday at the Global Hub!

8:30 pm Film
As We Like It
Location:
Posvar Patio
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Film & Media Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

A retelling of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, the Taiwanese movie As We Like It critiques the exclusion of women in Shakespeare classics and asks viewers to question life beyond the gender binary.

For more information about the film festival, click here

To register for this event, click here

Thursday, October 7 until Friday, October 8

6:00 pm Conference
Career Center Presentation: Smart Strategies for the Job and Internship Search
Sponsored by:
Office of International Services and International Week along with Career Center and CCLD
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International Student Career Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, October 7 and Friday, October 8, 2021. The conference includes four dynamic sessions over the course of two days. Please RSVP here!

CAREER CENTER PRESENTATION:

SMART STRATEGIES FOR THE JOB AND INTERNSHIP SEARCH

Thursday, October 7th

6-7p.m. ET

Learn about the career center’s changes to a virtual format, job and internship search advice and more helpful career tips.

EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Thursday, October 7th

7-8 p.m. ET

An Immigration Specialist from the Student Team in OIS will explain the types of employment students are eligible to accept while in F-1 and J-1 status. This will include information about on-campus employment, curricular practical training (CPT), optional practical training (OPT), and Academic Training (AT).

ALUMNI AND EMPLOYER PANEL

Friday, October 8th

9-10 a.m. ET

Meet alumni who used to be international students at Pitt just like you. They have experienced internships, job applications, the visa process, and work life and can answer your questions. Plus, you’ll hear from Chris Butor, Team Lead at Ansys Engineering Simulation & 3D Design Software company.

IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY SESSION

Friday, October 8th

10-11 a.m. ET

Friday, October 8

10:00 am Symposium
OIS Symposium
Sponsored by:
Office of International Services and International Week
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OIS will host a Symposium for interested faculty and staff to learn more about legal and cultural issues related to the Pitt international community. The schedule will be as follows:

10am – Check-in/Introductions

10:20am – Concurrent Sessions 

11:10am – Concurrent Sessions

12pm – Lunch/Updates 

1pm – Workshops (optional)

1:00 pm Workshop
Build and Master Your Intercultural Skills on Campus and Abroad
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Experiences Office and International Week
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Employers consistently list intercultural competencies among the most sought after skills. While travel experiences are an excellent way to practice your intercultural skills, there are also ways to effectively build and master them on campus and in your local communities. This highly interactive workshop is aimed to provide you with practical resources to develop intercultural skills and boost your resume.

2:00 pm Presentation
Geographic and Cultural Context
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Global Health and Center for Bioethics and Health Law
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The Global Studies Center, Center for Global Health and the Center for BioEthics and Health Law are hosting Pitt’s 2nd annual Global Health Case Competition. Dr. Manuel Roman-Lacayo, PhD, Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies will be presenting on "Country Overview through a Development Lens" and Dr. Firoz Abdoel Wahid, MD, MPH, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health will be presenting on "Climate Change Considerations."

2:00 pm Curriculum Development
PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE: Addressing Intersectionality Through Course Design
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago; Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Center for Russian, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas; Center for Russian, University of Michigan; Center for Russian, University of Texas at Austin; Center for Slavic, Ohio State University; Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington; Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Bloomington; Institute of Slavic, University of California, Berkeley Russian, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign
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MODERATOR:
Thomas Garza, University of Texas at Austin

PRESENTERS:
Frank Karioris, University of Pittsburgh
S.A. Karpukhin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This event is part of the series titled "Intersectionality in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE AND FIND OUT MORE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/intersectionality-in-focus.

3:00 pm Exhibit
20/20 Visions Workshop and Exhibition
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Director's Office, Global Hub, UCIS Engagement and International Week
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The year 2020 emphasized globalization and the shared experiences of a global pandemic, climate change, and social justice movements in communities across the world. As part of the Year of Engagement, The 20/20 Visions project utilizes art, creativity, and the act of making as methods to communicate thoughts and feelings around these impactful experiences in ways that are inclusive, regardless of linguistic, cultural, or other barriers. Join us at the Global Hub for a showcase of contributions from the Pittsburgh community and abroad and use the materials provided to contribute your own piece!

3:15 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Panoramas Roundtable: Expanding Latinx-Owned Businesses in Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join Panoramas in celebrating Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month during their second roundtable of the semester! At this roundtable, Panoramas intern Isabel Morales will discuss her article about the importance of expanding Latinx-owned businesses, especially in Pittsburgh. To read her article and learn more, visit Panoramas.pitt.edu.

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
Addverse+Poesia Meeting
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Addverse+Poesia is a transnational and multilingual student organization dedicated to celebrating Black/Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ writers, poets, etc. Join us for your weekly meetings on Fridays from 4:30-6PM!

6:30 pm Film
Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Mustache
Location:
Schenley Plaza Tent
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Department of Film Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

When a series of visions send a skeptical entrepreneur to seek spiritual advice, an eccentric Buddhist monk predicts his imminent death, unless he can locate an elusive lady with fangs.

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Osaka Film Festival, and Morelia International Film Festival

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8:30 pm Film
Wife of a Spy
Location:
Schenley Plaza Tent
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Department of Film Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure, Tokyo Sonata) delivers his “best movie in years” (Indiewire) in this riveting, gorgeously crafted, old-school Hitchockianthriller, which follows a Japanese woman during WWII who begins to suspect her husband’s Western connections may be hiding something more sinister.

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Saturday, October 9

10:00 am Cultural Event
Multicultural Show and Tell
Location:
YouTube
Sponsored by:
Office of International Services and International Week along with Study Abroad-Pitt Bradford
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Pitt Bradford’s Panthers presenting their cultures trough Show-and-Tell Festival-Virtual Event

12:00 pm Film
Back to the Wharf
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Department of Film Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

Film description: Fifteen years ago, Song fled his hometown to avoid a murder rap. After he returns home, he becomes mired in a world of greed and corruption through his ex-best friend—and only witness to the old murder.

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5:00 pm Film
An Old Lady
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Film and Media Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

About "An Old Lady": A 69-year-old woman has to find justice for herself when she faces doubt and disdain from authorities who can't imagine her as the victim of sexual assault.

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7:30 pm Film
Barah by Barah
Location:
Botany Hall, Phipps Conservatory
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Department of Film Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

Film description: A photographer who clicks the last photographs of the dead goes on a journey through the periphery of the circle of life and death only to discover that his own death will be documented by his son through his old camera.

We welcome special guest Sunny Lahiri, co-writer and producer, at this film screening.

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Sunday, October 10

2:00 pm Film
Asian American Shorts
Location:
Outdoor Pavilion, Allegheny Rivertrail Park, Aspinall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Department of Film Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

This screening is a variety of shorts from the Asian diaspora. In Koreatown Ghost Story, a young woman gets more than she bargained for at the acupuncturist. Hawaiian Soul tells a fictionalized account of 1970s native activist George Helm. In Tammy, a skater learns what it's like to be upstaged by another Asian American girl. These and more in our shorts program!

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5:00 pm Film
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
Location:
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Department of Film Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

Film description: An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap, and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets.

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Monday, October 11

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Indigenous Peoples' Day
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Stop by the Global Hub to contribute to our poster on how you will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day!

1:00 pm Student Club Activity
LMSA Fundraiser Bake Sale for Casa San Jose
Location:
Scaife Lobby
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Pitt Latino Medical Student Association
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This is a fundraiser for Casa San Jose a Latine run and Latine supporting organization.

4:30 pm Lecture
The Riddle of Energy: Climate and Culture in the Japanese Anthropocene
Location:
211 David Lawrence
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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What is the relationship between everyday human culture and the global realities of anthropogenic climate change? My current book project, “Fueling Tokyo: Japan in the Age of Global Energy,” takes up this problem, knitting together histories of people, resources, technologies, and infrastructures to help us better understand the cultural connections that have fueled the Anthropocene in Japan. The country is the world’s third-largest economy; it imports 95% of its primary energy. Japan built an empire in pursuit of energy: labor and food calories, coal, hydroelectric sites, and oil. The story of Japanese modernization is one of almost unrelenting growth in energy consumption. Japan’s energy history is a history of energy accretions, each form layering over the top of what came before, reshaping the horizons of human agency in the process. The advent of hydroelectricity did not lead to a reduction in demand for coal. Coal consumption increased for the next fifty years (and is growing again), with only one exceptional decline: the final, lethal frenzy of the Japanese Empire’s collapse from 1943-1946. The rise of coal did not reduce demand for physical labor. In a well-known pattern, steam amplified demands on bodies by changing patterns of human and non-human labor. Using Japan’s peculiar case—an immense archipelagic economy utterly dependent on overseas sources of energy—I will explore the relationship between cultural history and climate history by tracing the specific movements of energy through the infrastructures that have come to define modernity in a country often held up as a technological leader.

Ian J. Miller is a cultural historian of Japan with a particular specialization in environmental history. He teaches in the Harvard Department of History and holds affiliate appointments in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and History of Science. He is the author of The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo (2013), co-editor of Japan at Nature’s Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power (2013), and co-editor of the forthcoming Oceanic Japan: The Archipelago in Global and Pacific History. He is also Faculty Dean of Cabot House at Harvard.

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5:00 pm Cultural Event
Thinking Across Migrant and Indigenous Struggles
Location:
William Pitt Union Patio
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center
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Hostile Terrain 94 Pittsburgh is hosting an event to commemorate the 3,200+ migrant lives lost at the U.S. Southern border due to hostile immigration policies. Join us to honor these lives and explore shared and cross-cutting issues of exploitation that shape both border violence and dispossession of Indigenous groups. Fill out toe-tags to help honor each individual migrant who lost their life attempting to cross the Sonoran desert from Mexico to the United States. Learn from experts Dr. Josue Lopez, Assistant Professor of Decoloniality at the University of Pittsburgh, and listen to musical guest Mike Simms, who is an Indigenous musician and part of the local drum group Thunder Nation, which performs and shared Indigenous powwow music across the United States. Takeaway snacks and beverages provided!

5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese conversation hour at all levels!

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join members of the French Club to and have casual conversation in French! All levels welcome.

Tuesday, October 12

11:00 am Cultural Event
Speciale Tavola per Midterm
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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A special Tavola meeting to review for the oral Midterm

6:00 pm Information Session
Research and International Reconstruction in Afghanistan
Location:
Zoom Discussion
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Research and International Reconstruction in Afghanistan
October 12th, 6pm-7pm, Virtual Format

Nikolai A. Condee-Padunov
Research Associate, Lessons Learned Program, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)

Nikolai Condee-Padunov is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.Phil and Global Studies Certificate in 2010. As Research Associate, Nikolai will share some of his experiences and insight into how his former studies, language, and research skills prepared him for his role in international reconstruction. He will also discuss his career selection, trajectory, and advice for future professionals.

To Register:
https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvfuuuqzojHdHD_9N62QTpwS6Wzob-YICB

Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, and Global Studies Center

6:00 pm Information Session
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) Info Session
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Please join us at this information session to learn more about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program in the Global Hub, 1st floor Posvar Hall. To register for Zoom virtual attendance, click here

6:00 pm Information Session
JET Information Session
Location:
Zoom and Posvar Hall Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Consulate General of Japan in NY
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A coworker and fellow JET alum held and information session about working in Japan through the JET program. We gave a PowerPoint presentation and answered a series of questions.

Wednesday, October 13

4:00 pm Cultural Event
CANCELLED: Laber Rhabarber: German Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Join the German Department for Laber Rhabarber, a weekly German conversation hour that is open to all!

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Stammtisch
Location:
Global Hub - Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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A weekly conversation table for people interested in German culture and language, all proficiency levels are welcome!

Thursday, October 14

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
A New Era: Germany After Merkel
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Center for European Studies at the University of Florida
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Germany After Merkel

Panellists: Jana Puglierin, ECFR; Rafael Loss, ECFR; Marcel Lewandowsky, UF CES and DAAD

On September 26, Germany elected a new parliament. With it a new coalition government will come to power and Angela Merkel will depart the political stage after serving for 16 years as federal chancellor. Who might succeed her? What will be the foreign policy priorities of the new government? And how do Germany’s European partners view Merkel’s legacy and Germany’s role in Europe?

Dr. Jana Puglierin and Rafael Loss of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and CES’ DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor Marcel Lewandowsky will discuss the results and implications of the German vote and the expectations of Germany’s European partners toward Berlin and its new leadership.

#JMintheUS

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Policy and Advocacy Panel: Current LatinX Affairs in Pennsylvania
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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According to the 2020 U.S. Census, there are more than one million people of Hispanic/Latinx/Latin@ or Latine origin in Pennsylvania. What does that mean to be Hispanic or Latinx in this state? We celebrate Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting our heritage and what we contribute to this country. In the midst of the celebration, we need to reflect upon pressing issues that we face as a community, diversity, education, health, and inclusion.

How are we doing? How can we work as a community to elevate everyone, especially the people most in need? How can we be part of the change? Process, be by running for office, volunteering, or collaboration? What does it mean to run for office, volunteer or find collaborators within and beyond our community?

This panel brings together people that work directly with the community and healthcare workers, whether from academia, as community or political leaders to reflect on the diversity of our communities, aiming to spark further reflection our future in the Commonwealth.

Moderator:

Keila Grinberg, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh

Featured Panelists:

Caelan Hidalgo Schick (she/her/hers) is the Latinx Constituency Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party

Luz Colon, Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs (GACLA)

Eddie Morán, Reading’s 84th mayor and the first Latino to be elected mayor in a Pennsylvania municipality with more than 85,000 residents

Monica Ruiz-Caraballo, Executive Director at Casa San José

Diego Chaves-Gnecco, developmental-behavioral pediatrician, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Director/Founder of the Salud Para Niños program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

This event is hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies as part the University of Pittsburgh’s Latinx Connect: Elevating Latinx Identities and Contemporary Issues Conference within the Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

4:00 pm Workshop
The Fabric of Humanity: Discovering the Stories in Ethnic and Traditional Textiles
Location:
Center for Creativity - The Workshop
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Office of International Services along with Center for Creativity
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Join artist Deb Brandon for a unique hands-on workshop to tell your story through textile.

There are countless ways to tell a story, whether that's through writing, speaking, painting, weaving, music, and more. And all of us have a unique story to tell.

The Center for Creativity and University Center for International Studies invite students to participate in our What's Your Story? series, which consists of workshops on different storytelling methods that can help you share your unique identity, history, and ideas. Both domestic and international students are encouraged to attend!

For this workshop, join Deb Brandon, textile enthusiast and author of Threads Around the World, for a fascinating look at the stories—literal and symbolic, personal and cultural—revealed in ethnic and traditional textiles. You’ll have the opportunity to create and share your own textile story.

All materials provided. (Additional details will be provided after registering.)

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-your-story-textile-traditions-registr...

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join the Pitt French Club and practice your French language skills!

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Four Evenings Discussion: Charles Yu's Interior Chinatown
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, GSC is again hosting "Four Evenings" pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in a global perspective. The series is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Open to series subscribers and the Pitt community, these evening discussions, led by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues in a virtual setting. A limited number of tickets to the author lectures is available.

Learn more and register here - https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/interior-china

From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here too. . . but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy–the highest aspiration he can imagine for a Chinatown denizen. Or is it? Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes–Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.

For questions and more information, contact Maja Konitzer at majab@pitt.edu.

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Cancelled: Irish Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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The Irish Club at Pitt meets every two weeks during the semester to share Irish culture and language.

Friday, October 15

2:00 pm Presentation
Emergency Medicine
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Global Health and Center for Bioethics and Health Law
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Dr. Mohamed B Hagahmed is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 2009 with a BS in Emergency Medicine, and an MD with honors from Drexel University in 2015. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and an affiliate with many hospitals including St. Clair Hospital and University of Pittsburgh Medical System.

2:00 pm Curriculum Development
PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE: Challenges and Creative Practices in the Classroom
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago; Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Center for Russian, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas; Center for Russian, University of Michigan; Center for Russian, University of Texas at Austin; Center for Slavic, Ohio State University; Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington; Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Bloomington; Institute of Slavic, University of California, Berkeley Russian, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign
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MODERATOR:
Meredith Roman, SUNY Brockport

PRESENTERS:
Anika Keinz, Independent Scholar
Michael Kunichika, Amherst College

This event is part of the series titled "Intersectionality in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE AND FIND OUT MORE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/intersectionality-in-focus.

2:00 pm Workshop
Papel Picado Workshop
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Join the Global Hub and the Center for Latin American Studies in making papel picado in honor of Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month!

Papel picado, the colorful cut paper banners used for Mexican fiestas, is translated as “minced paper” because it is made by cutting out shapes in a see-through pattern. Come and learn its history and meaning and how to make it! Students will have a chance to display their completed papel picado at our Day of the Dead Altar later in October.

This interactive workshop will be facilitated by Lisa DiGioia Nutini, Owner of Mexico Lindo and Mexican Folk-Art Dealer, and is open to Pitt students, faculty, and staff.

Please register by 5PMET on Friday, October 8th!

Register here: https://forms.gle/4a3qb9Qy67Z8AMfG6

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
Addverse+Poesia Meeting
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Addverse+Poesia is a transnational and multilingual student organization dedicated to celebrating Black/Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ writers, poets, etc. Join us for your weekly meetings on Fridays from 4:30-6PM!

Saturday, October 16

6:30 pm Cultural Event
Andrea Stanislav's Mattress Factory Installation - Surmatans - Mars Rising
Location:
Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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The Mattress Factory presents a fun fall festival on Saturday, October 16, inspired by Factory Installed 2021 artist Andréa Stanislav and her installation Surmatants – Mars Rising.

This two-part Slavnost (Czech for celebration and/or festival) begins with a free family-friendly event included with admission from 2:00-5:00 PM. The afternoon will feature drop-in Motanka doll and Czach & Slovak mask making workshops and presentations on the historic and cultural background of Russian and Eastern European dolls and masks from members of the Czech & Slovak School of Pittsburgh and the Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee at the University of Pittsburgh.

Also workshops and performances from Pittsburgh Slavic folk dance troupe The Tamburitzans and drop-in tours of Surmatants – Mars Rising with Andréa Stanislav herself. Plus, food trucks available all throughout featuring delicious Slavic food.

The evening event, taking place from 6:30-9:00 PM and 21+ only, will commence with a performance in the Main

Building Lobby featuring original compositions and choreography from NYC-based performance art collective Dirty Churches and The Tamburitzans. Drop-in tours with Andréa Stanislav will take place throughout the night, along with intimate performances inside the installation from Surmatants musical composer Jesse Gelaznik and friends. The evening will conclude with dancing with The Tamburitzans in the Winifred Lutz Garden.

Ticket price for the evening event includes two drink tickets. Slavic food trucks will be available, along with beers from Penn Brewery and specialty cocktails from Ustianochka Vodka.

Purchase your ticket here: https://112026.blackbaudhosting.com/112026/page.aspx?pid=213&tab=2&txobj...

The Mattress Factory asks that all visitors and staff wear a mask inside our buildings. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 48 hours will be required upon entry.

Sunday, October 17

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
Korean Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Come brush up on your Korean skills in a casual, out of the classroom environment!

Monday, October 18

12:00 pm Lecture
Coal, Water, and the Limits of Environmentalism in French colonial Vietnam
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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No other industry had more profound impact on the environment and communities of northern Vietnam than coal mining. Since the French discovery of the Quang Yen coal basin in the 1880s, Tonkin, a French protectorate in northern Vietnam, had risen to become one of the world’s largest coal exporters. However, as in many other parts of the world, coal mining also denuded forests, fashioned massive open-pit wastelands, polluted the air and water, and created some of Vietnam’s most troubling and enduring environmental problems. This presentation will explore how the coal mining-driven processes of land acquisition and exploitation not only altered the physical and ethnic landscape of Vietnam but also led to conflicts between big coal companies, the colonial administration and local communities.

4:30 pm Lecture
The Crafty Widow: Mapping Gendered Mobilities Across InterAsian Geographies
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall or via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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This paper pushes back against the pervasive masculinist gendering of mobility in the emerging field of “InterAsian” studies. Existing research has focused on the movements of mobile men, a framework that risks naturalizing gendered notions of female stasis. In contrast the paper argues for the need to reconceptualize the concept of mobility, and the archives where we look for its traces, to capture the modes through which women travelled InterAsian spaces. The paper explores preliminary strategies for pursuing this wider project through a close study of the life and legacies of Janbai, the matriarch of a family of Khoja-Muslim merchants who built substantial religious, economic, and cultural influence across the Indian Ocean. Scholars have largely overlooked Janbai in favor of her more well-known husband, Tharia Topan, who is considered a pioneer of commerce and important political intermediary between Indian traders, British colonial officials, and the Omani rulers of Zanzibar. Tharia’s presence, and Janbai’s near absence, from the existing historiography obscures Janbai’s own substantial contributions to the family’s transregional networks of influence, both economic and religions. The paper reconstructs these circuits by locating Janbai’s legacies in under-used archives, including court records, family papers, photographs, and jewelry.

Julia Stephens is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research focuses on how law has shaped religion, family, and economy in colonial and post-colonial South Asia and in the wider Indian diaspora. Her first book, Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in South Asia, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. She is currently working on a book entitled Worldly Afterlives: Tracing the Imperial Roots of India’s Global Diasporas, which is under contract with Princeton University Press. The project traces the lives of Indian migrants through the material and immaterial legacies that they left behind—from property inheritances to ghost stories. Research for the project has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, the Centre for History and Economics, and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. She has also been recognized for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education by the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University. To register click here

5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese conversation hour at all levels!

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join members of the French Club to and have casual conversation in French! All levels welcome.

Tuesday, October 19

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Free Movement in the Time of COVID: the Economics and Ethics of Digital Vaccine Passports
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Jean Monnet in the USA Network, Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University, Center for European Studies at University of Florida, European Union Center at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Center for Transatlantic Studies at Georgia Tech
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For the 2021-22 academic year, the European Studies Center has announced its annual programmatic theme: “Recovering Europe.” As Europe recovers from COVID-19, the question of the viability of vaccine passports arises. This roundtable will address the ethical, legal, and digital plausibility of digital vaccine passports for travel across state borders in Europe.The roundtable will be hosted by European Studies Center Director Jae-Jae Spoon. Joining in the discussion will be: Sarah Chan, University of Edinburgh; Alex John London, Carnegie Mellon University; Ana Beduschi, University of Exeter.

Audience participation will be encouraged.
Panelists will be joining remotely.

#CoE

5:00 pm Information Session
BHIL Informational Drop-In
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Considering a BPHIL/IAS/Global Studies? If you are particularly passionate about an issue within the realm of Global Studies, this advanced undergraduate degree provides students with the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary research project under the mentorship of their chosen professor. If you’re interested in delving into a particular topic and establishing your own independent project, attend this information session so you can decide whether pursuing a Global Studies related BPHIL is right for you. Learn about optimal timelines, opportunities for research, how to get started, the role of the faculty mentor, and more.

6:30 pm Lecture
China Town Hall with Dr. Michael Liu
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
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Join us for a virtual discussion about current issues and US, China and Taiwan Relations with Pitt Global Professor Michael Liu along with a national webcast with CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria.
To register for this event, click here

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
Chinese Language & Culture Club
Location:
Global Hub - Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Join the Chinese Language & Culture Club for their biweekly meetings where we will build our Chinese language skills and participate in fun cultural activities!

Wednesday, October 20

10:33 am Cultural Event
CCW AT OC
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Coordinate an event around wellness for OC high school students with the theme of tai chi.

1:00 pm Lecture
A Conversation with Chad Gracia, film director of The Russian Woodpecker
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Please, join us for an exciting conversation with Chad Gracia, the film director of an award-winning documentary about Chernobyl--The Russian Woodpecker --on Wednesday, October 20 at 1-2pm EST! Follow the Zoom link to join us: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/98152409214

3:00 pm Lecture
Global Medicine in China: A Diasporic History
Location:
via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Ministry of Education and Republic of China (Taiwan)
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By examining two case studies on how the Chinese diaspora came to shape biomedicine in China and Taiwan from 1937 to 1970, this talk makes the case for a new historical concept of "global medicine." "Global medicine" highlights the multivalent and multidirectional flows of medical practices and ideas circulating the world that shaped Chinese East Asia in the 20th century. This presentation highlights the critical intersections of scientific expertise, political freedoms, transnational connections and diasporic affect in shaping global medicine in China and Taiwan through a critical examination of these two medical encounters between the Chinese diaspora and the local Chinese and Taiwanese.

Wayne Soon is a historian of modern China and East Asia, with a particular interest in how international ideas and practices of medicine, institutional building, and diaspora have shaped the region’s interaction with its people and the world in the twentieth century. He received his BA from Carleton College, and his PhD in history from Princeton University. His book, Global Medicine in China: A Diasporic History (Stanford, 2020), tells the global health story of Overseas Chinese who transformed medicine in twentieth-century China and Taiwan through the practices of military medicine, blood banking, mobile medicine, and mass medical training. His published and forthcoming journal articles and book reviews are in Twentieth Century China, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, American Journal for Chinese Studies, Asian Studies Review, Asian Medicine, Social History of Medicine, and East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal. To register, please click here.

4:00 pm Cultural Event
CANCELLED: Laber Rhabarber: German Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Join the German Department for Laber Rhabarber, a weekly German conversation hour that is open to all!

6:00 pm Information Session
International Development Work in Various Communities
Location:
Zoom Discussion
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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International Development Work in Various Communities
October 20th, 6pm-7pm, Virtual Format

Sakun Gajurel, Volunteer Initiatives and Youth Engagement Coordinator, UNICEFF
Rotary Peace Fellow, World Food Programme, Disaster Relief, Refugee Operations

Sakun is an international development professional with experience serving in Nepal, Thailand, Italy, India, Bangladesh and the US. She has aided vulnerable communities in multi-lingual settings, including disaster situations, in the capacity of program support, communication, advocacy, and as a community outreach officer. Sakun has assisted organizational development, project management, monitoring and evaluation initiatives, and partnerships. She currently serves as Emerging Leader for UCIS at Pitt, and will discuss her career trajectory, experience serving South Asian Refugee Community, and efforts to aid local teachers and the university community.

To Register:
https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsdemupzkrG9cL-ZORMx6WJD6yDvGE9YEh

Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, and Global Studies Center

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Stammtisch
Location:
Global Hub - Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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A weekly conversation table for people interested in German culture and language, all proficiency levels are welcome!

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Mesas de Conversación
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
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Join the Spanish Club for Spanish conversation at all levels

Thursday, October 21

12:00 pm Lecture
Soviet Flower Power
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Did you know that there were hippies in the USSR? There were. Faced with societal scorn and repression, Soviet hippies created a version of Western counterculture in and despite late Soviet realities that linked them youth cultures beyond the Iron Curtain. How did these Soviet long-hairs defy police harassment, survive psychiatric hospitals force feeding conformism, and social stigma? This live interview with Juliane Furst will delve into the story of Soviet hippies and how they ironically meshed with Soviet life.

Register via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QQ86CvZqTx6u7iQ-3kNsiA

4:30 pm Lecture
White Borders
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Urban Studies, REES, Carnegie Mellon University and Carnegie Mellon Department of History
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Reece Jones (Department of Geography, University of Hawai’i) is publishing his latest book, “White Borders” in October. The book focuses on the racial exclusion inherent in American immigration laws, tracing between the Chinese exclusion laws of the 1880s to the Trump border wall policies.

5:00 pm Reading Group
Global Issues Through Literature: Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Global Issues Through Literature (GILS)

Fall and Spring 2021-22: Imagining Other Worlds: Globalizing Science Fiction and Fantasy

This reading group for K-12 educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and participants brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-8 PM (EST). Books and three Act 48 credit hours are provided.

October 21st - Haroun & the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. Discussion led by Dr. K. Frances Lieder, Visiting Professor, Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

Learn more and register here - https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/professional-development-educators

Contact Maja Konitzer with questions at majab@pitt.edu

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
Persian Language Table
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Join the Persian Language Table every other Thursday at the Global Hub!

Friday, October 22

2:00 pm Presentation
Overview of Equity and Health Policy Implications
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Global Health and Center for Bioethics and Health Law
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Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and an Affiliated Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she teaches courses on health care fraud, abuse, and compliance; health law and ethics; and health policy and management in public health. She is also the Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health program. At Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, she is an adjunct instructor of Health Law. Her current and recent projects include enhancing tribal legal preparedness for public health emergencies through the Tribal Legal Preparedness Project; co-authoring public health emergency law manuals and bench books for the District of Columbia and Louisiana; and using legal epidemiology to examine the impact of laws and policies related to infectious disease outbreaks and natural disasters.

Contact Elaine Linn at eel58@pitt.edu for more information.

2:00 pm Panel Discussion
NEW DIRECTIONS IN RESEARCH: Queer Studies
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago; Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Center for Russian, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas; Center for Russian, University of Michigan; Center for Russian, University of Texas at Austin; Center for Slavic, Ohio State University; Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington; Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Bloomington; Institute of Slavic, University of California, Berkeley Russian, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign
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MODERATOR:
Dan Healey, University of Oxford

PRESENTERS:
Anita Kurimay, Bryn Mawr College
Renee Perelmutter, University of Kansas

REGISTER IN ADVANCE AND FIND OUT MORE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/intersectionality-in-focus.

3:15 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Panoramas Roundtable: The Importance of Sexual Health and LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Latin American Education
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
4:30 pm Student Club Activity
Addverse+Poesia Meeting
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Addverse+Poesia is a transnational and multilingual student organization dedicated to celebrating Black/Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ writers, poets, etc. Join us for your weekly meetings on Fridays from 4:30-6PM!

5:00 pm Seminar
Transforming Cities: Cities and Social Justice Mini Course
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Carnegie Mellon University
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Due to economic development and globalization, cities continue to grow with predictions that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. This course, then, will view cities as hubs where patterns, connections, discussions, and the processes shape such issues as social justice, economic development, technology, migration, the environment among others. By examining cities as a lens, this sequence of weekend courses encourages students to examine cities as a system for discussing social processes being built and rebuilt. With an interdisciplinary focus, the course invites experts from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly.
This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the rapid growth of cities and their impact on fair housing, gentrification, and poverty; the role of human rights cities as models; the role of migration on cities; the role of governance addressing inequality; the need to have access to health care; among others.

The course will occur on Friday, October 22nd, Saturday, October 23rd, and Sunday, October 24th. Engagement in the course should be synchronous; accommodations for those in significant time zone differences will be provided to allow enrollment and completion of all elements of the weekend. A pre-course video review of the major course assignment will need to be completed prior to the course starting.

Learn more and register here! https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/transforming-cities-minicourse

Sunday, October 24 until Tuesday, November 30

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Celtic Culture Celebration
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Please join us for a virtual event created by the Welsh, Scottish and Irish Rooms as they showcase unique aspects of their culture. Enjoy a brief Powerpoint presentation of each room and pre-recorded videos exclusively made for this event on each culture's history, art, music, poetry, dance and more?

Monday, October 25

2:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Charlemos! Cuba y protesta social: ¿El fin de una excepcionalidad regional?
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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La discusión se basará en el artículo de Armando Chaguaceda "El destino de Sísifo. Régimen político y nueva Constitución en Cuba", y en el libro de Silvia Pedraza y Carlos Romero "Revolutions in Cuba and Venezuela: One Hope twoRealities" (próxima publicación).

4:00 pm Cultural Event
Something's Brewing: Decay or Not Decay
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Join REEES and ASC to learn about beverages of two different biological processes--fermentation and preservation. We'll explore these processes with pu-er tea, the milk mushroom and citron tea. How are they made and what is their cultural significance? We'll talk about how to make these drinks, their traditional place in local tea cultures as well as the trans-regional connections that these beverages share in East Europe, China, Tibet and more.

Register via Zoom

4:30 pm Lecture
The Last Embassy: The 1795 Dutch Mission to the Qianlong Court
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall or via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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This lecture is about a little-studied embassy to the Qing court, a Dutch mission of 1794–95. Drawing on Dutch, French, Spanish, Qing, and Korean sources, it explores not just the mission itself but also the question of why it has been neglected and misunderstood. It also reflects on long-standing metanarratives about the history of Sino-Western interaction.

Tonio Andrade is professor of Chinese and Global History at Emory University. His books include The Last Embassy: The Dutch Mission of 1795 and the Forgotten History of Western Encounters with China (2021), The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History (2016), Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West (2011), and How Taiwan became Chinese: Dutch, Spanish, and Han Colonization in the Seventeenth Century (2008).

To register for this lecture, please click here

5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese conversation hour at all levels!

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join members of the French Club to and have casual conversation in French! All levels welcome.

Tuesday, October 26

6:00 pm Lecture
There's an App for That
Location:
Virtual
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs and Carpatho-Rusyn Society of Pittsburgh
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In a demonstration sponsored by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, engineer and linguist Petro Orynycz unveils hybrid artificial intelligence technology that empowers new speakers of Lemko to read in the language immediately. Implications for endangered, low-resource language revitalization are discussed.

Wednesday, October 27

9:00 am Panel Discussion
At the Cutting Edge of Atrocity Prevention
Location:
Online via Zoom
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of
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This roundtable will discuss how the conflict in Myanmar has further spotlighted failures of the international law and relations systems, how technology and modern journalism
are challenging those failures, and what options exist for pursuing a path to peace in Myanmar. To register, click here.

4:00 pm Cultural Event
CANCELLED: Laber Rhabarber: German Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Join the German Department for Laber Rhabarber, a weekly German conversation hour that is open to all!

4:30 pm Lecture
Digging Cambodian Rock: Global Media Archaeologies of Popular Music
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Thinking toward a media archaeology of global popular music, this presentation will trace the contemporary circulation of “golden era” 1960s and 1970s "Cambodian Rock." The lecture seeks to contextualize and historicize revivals of pre-Khmer Rouge pop recordings through the mediated movements, dubs, and remixes of cassette tapes among North American independent labels and the activities of online archivists and heritage centers in present-day Cambodia, which helped to generate the documentary film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten, the play Cambodian Rock Band, and the Los Angeles based group Dengue Fever. Drawing from ethnographic interviews with contemporary preservationists and reissue labels in Cambodia, California, Oregon, and Massachusetts, the lecture considers the role of music in memories of genocide and war, the importance of physical materials in the global recognition of Southeast Asian history, and the ethical politics of media access in the transition to a digital archive.

David Novak is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (2103) and co-editor of Keywords in Sound (2015). His current book project, Diggers: A Media Archaeology of Global Popular Music, theorizes musical globalization through networks of record and cassette collectors, labels, archives, and digital preservation projects.

To register, click here.

6:00 pm Lecture
Halloween Special: Vampires and Belief in 18th Century Central Europe
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Join Hungarian Fulbright Visiting Professor Dr. Attila Kenyeres for a spooky evening to explore the myth and history behind famous vampires in Central Europe. Learn about state policies to contain vampirism in the Habsburg empire and ask how world press coverage of vampires influenced imaginaries of Central Europe while shaping our modern culture.

This is a hybrid event. In-person attendance is limited. Please indicate your preferred method of attendance by registering.

Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcofuihrj4jGNFl4LoJUbFbMKje8HCUcEgv

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Stammtisch
Location:
Global Hub - Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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A weekly conversation table for people interested in German culture and language, all proficiency levels are welcome!

7:00 pm Presentation
Virtual Showcase: 2021 Interdisciplinary Global Educators
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA )
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This past June, the Global Studies Center and the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh hosted the Interdisciplinary Global Educators Working Group, where teachers came together virtually to design an interdisciplinary global unit or lesson. They were provided time, space, and materials to gather with like-minded colleagues and collaborate on unique and inspired lesson plans across subject areas.

Join us over Zoom for virtual presentations from our working groups on their newly designed projects and the process they went through in designing their interdisciplinary lessons. If you are interested in participating in this workshop in the future, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more!

This showcase is open to all K-12 educators and administrators. No registration is required, please join at the following link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/91931181262

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Calaveritas Literarias Workshop
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
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Join the Spanish Club for an origami and poetry workshop à la Día de Los Muertos

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
International Relations Club First Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Hub
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A discussion-based introductory gathering for those interested in joining the new IR Club.

Thursday, October 28

10:00 am Cultural Event/Student Club Activity
I Stand With Immigrants Day of Action
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center, Global Hub, Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs, Office of International Services, Global Experiences Office and UCIS Engagement
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The I Stand With Immigrants Initiative, powered by FWD.us, leads narrative campaigns that empower immigrants and their allies to share stories and drive action that demonstrate immigration is good for our communities, economy, and country. They do this with the goal of encouraging everyone to explore their individual heritage and celebrate both our distinct and shared experiences.

Join Pitt Global for a Day of Action and sharing how immigrants have inspired you. Stop by the Global Hub to participate in our photo booth and show your support for our immigrant community.

4:30 pm Lecture
St. Petersburg as the Queer Capital of Russia
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Join Irina Roldugina on a discussion as part of the Global Studies Center Mini Pop-Up Course offerings: St. Petersburg as the queer capital of Russia: from the late imperial time up to the 1990s

5:00 pm Film
A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatars
Location:
Virtual
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia
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The film chronicles the rich and often tragic history of the Crimean Tatar people, the Muslim-Turkic indigenous population of the Crimean Peninsula, from ancient times to the aftermath of the 2014 Russian annexation of the peninsula. The film premiered at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival in November 2015. It has won several awards, including Best International Film at the DC Independent Film Festival in March 2016, Best Documentary at the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival in April 2016, and 1st place Short Foreign Documentary at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival in August 2016. The film was produced by Mediadante & Paschyn Productions and distributed by Beliane.

An Informal Conversation with Director and Filmmaker, Christina Paschyn:

Christina M. Paschyn is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, multimedia journalist, and aspiring novelist. She lives in Doha, Qatar, and is an assistant professor of journalism at Northwestern University in Qatar.

Please register to attend via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkdu6hqDwpG9W3J-g4xV28B_rBAT7m8u3m

5:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
CULTNA: "A razão africana"
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Cultura Negra no Atlantico (CULTNA) é uma iniciativa que congrega o Laboratório de História Oral e Imagem (LABHOI) da Universidade Federal Fluminense e da Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, e o Center for Latin American Studies da University of Pittsburgh. Uma vez por mês, trabalhos recentes serão debatidos com especialistas e estudantes interessados no tema. As discussões serão realizadas em português. Neste encontro, será discutido o texto "A razão africana", de Muryatan S. Barbosa, com o próprio autor. Evento em português. O evento será às 18:00 horas em São Paulo e às 17:00 horas em Pittsburgh.

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join the Pitt French Club and practice your French language skills!

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Cancelled: Irish Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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The Irish Club at Pitt meets every two weeks during the semester to share Irish culture and language.

Friday, October 29 until Wednesday, November 3

(All day) Exhibit
Día de los Muertos y Día de los Santos Festivities
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Come and learn about the Day of the Saints and how to set up an Alter/Ofrenda. The Alter/Ofrenda will be displayed in the Global Hub through November 3.

Everyone is welcome to bring photos of the dearly departed you wish to honor, along with ofrendas, mementos and artificial flowers to embellish the alter for those who are no longer among us. 

The Alter/Ofrenda will be built by Lisa DiGioia Nutini, Owner of Mexico Lindo and Mexican Folk-Art Dealer.

Friday, October 29

12:00 pm Lecture
Bucharest: The City and Its Stories
Location:
Virtual
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Carnegie Mellon University Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University Department of English and The Society for Romanian Studies
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Presenters: Sean Cotter (University of Texas, Dallas), Emanuela Grama (Carnegie Mellon University) and Bogdan Suceava (California State, Fullerton)

Moderated by Adreea Ritivoi (Carnegie Mellon University)

2:00 pm Panel Discussion
NEW DIRECTIONS IN RESEARCH: Imperial Pasts in the Present: Affect, Indigeneity, and Memory
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago; Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Center for Russian, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas; Center for Russian, University of Michigan; Center for Russian, University of Texas at Austin; Center for Slavic, Ohio State University; Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington; Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Bloomington; Institute of Slavic, University of California, Berkeley Russian, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign
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MODERATOR:
Asli Igsiz, New York University

PRESENTERS:
Hakem Al-Rustom, University of Michigan
Vladislav Beronja, University of Texas at Austin

REGISTER AND FIND OUT MORE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/intersectionality-in-focus.

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Pop-Up Gaeltacht: Samhain
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Pop in at The Global Hub for a pre-Halloween party and learn more about the ancient origins of Halloween, Samhain! Attendees can learn to speak a few key phrases to greet your friends in An Ghaeilge, the Irish language; taste imported treats from Ireland and the UK; explore an international art exhibit, "The History of Ireland in 10 Words" from the General Consulate of Ireland, and more!

Presenter: Elizabeth Myers

Elizabeth Myers is a graduate student who is dually enrolled at Pitt and the National University of Ireland - Galway. Elizabeth is earning a master's degree in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education (SCAE) and Irish Studies, with a focus the preservation of endangered Celtic languages and global competency. She works as support staff in the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and is among the first cohort of employees to earn the Global Competency Certificate through Pitt's Faculty Staff Professional Development Program (FSDP). She is pursuing fluency in Irish through Pitt's Less Commonly Taught Language Center with Marie Young, Lecturer and Instructor. She is also pursuing a professional certification with the European Studies Center.

Elizabeth is a native of the Pittsburgh area and currently lives in Castle Shannon, a former Irish settlement in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Her favorite hobbies are learning to speak Gaeilge and exploring the island of her ancestors. Her favorite travel moment so far was in 2020, where she climbed Ireland's highest peak with her son, Sean. For more information, contact: elizabeth.myers@pitt.edu

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
Addverse+Poesia Meeting
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Addverse+Poesia is a transnational and multilingual student organization dedicated to celebrating Black/Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ writers, poets, etc. Join us for your weekly meetings on Fridays from 4:30-6PM!

Sunday, October 31

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
Korean Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Come brush up on your Korean skills in a casual, out of the classroom environment!